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Contract changes could stop 3PL 'savings leakage'
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They may not know it by name, but most users of third-party logistics services are familiar with the concept of "savings leakage." In the outsourcing world, the term refers to the phenomenon in which a customer sees dazzling returns in the first or second year of its contract only to see the savings slow to a trickle later on, according to Kate Vitasek, a consultant with Bellevue, Wash.-based Supply Chain Visions. The reason is pretty obvious. The biggest savings come in year one as the service provider assumes labor and asset costs, and focuses on the projects that will deliver the greatest returns. More

2 packaging developments worth watching
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A "new" PET and augmented-reality packaging -- they're coming down the packaging pike. Sometimes I feel a lot like a sieve. Tons of stuff pours into my laptop each and every day, and because most of it is junk, I let it flow right through. But bits of it are anything but junk, and these are the bits I like to strain out so that I can share them with anyone who is listening. More

Secrets to advanced store replenishment revealed
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Two capabilities are helping manufacturers and retailers of brand-name consumer goods improve replenishment at the floor and shelf levels, says Kelly Thomas, senior vice president of product strategy and planning at i2 Technologies. These capabilities are the ability to operationally apply insights from demand signals and to collaboratively align measurements. "Particularly in the last 12 months, with the economic downturn, we have seen manufacturers looking much more closely at how they can pull deeper insights out of their demand data -- not for reporting purposes but to use these insights operationally to improve merchandising at the store level," Thomas said. More

Collaborative Distribution
A new eBook written by Chris Kane of Kane Is Able, Inc. explains how Collaborative Distribution could be the next major advance in supply chain management. Learn how CPG manufacturers and retailers can save millions and embrace the green revolution. Download the eBook now.

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Buyers say containerboard prices are down; poll finds transaction price below mill levels
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Market chatter suggests that North American containerboard supply has grown "surprisingly tight" this month -- without any significant pickup in domestic box demand-because of a surge in exports. That's why trade reports say producers are pushing through announced $50 per ton price increases. But that's not what buyers are reporting. In this month's online survey, linerboard buyers say supply is sufficient and supply leadtimes remain at fewer than four weeks for the fourth consecutive month. More

ERP suites too complicated, too expensive, don't fulfill real need
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I'm joining a growing discussion -- a collective voice of dissent if you will -- against ERP vendors' "suites" approach. In other words, the countless modules that bolt on to the base system. Have you ever encountered an ERP sales or consulting rep and asked if your system could address a particular business issue only to hear that, in fact, you need a suite of modules to address that challenge? This is notorious in the supply chain management space in particular. More

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Wholesale prices increased 4.4% in 2009
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Wholesale prices moved up 0.2 percent in December, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. This rise followed a 1.8 percent advance in November and a 0.3 percent increase in October. At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by producers of intermediate goods rose 0.5 percent and the crude goods index moved up 1 percent. More

Tips offered for quantifying savings from supply management
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Most sourcing and procurement professionals know how difficult it is to accurately quantify the real value if their work. P. Fraser Johnson and Michiel R. Leenders, of the University of West Ontario and the Richard Ivey School of Business, respectively, recently have offered some excellent insight into that topic in a new article for MIT's Sloan Management Review. We will look at their recommendations on how to best overcome the challenges of accurately calculating the real value of supply management and the harm to companies from either under or over-estimating that value. More

Bubble Wrap turns 50
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Jan. 25 marks the 50th birthday of Sealed Air's iconic Bubble Wrap cushioning material and the 10th annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. To celebrate the golden anniversary, Sealed Air will make a limited run of gold Bubble Wrap in the company's Saddle River, N.J., facility. A little known fact about Bubble Wrap is that inventors Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding originally intended the product to be sold as textured wallpaper. When that idea did not take off, they began to market Bubble Wrap as a greenhouse insulator. More

Freight Claim Management by Transolutions was developed to provide a quicker and more efficient way for freight claim professionals to process and manage their OS&D claims and thereby improve cash flow for their business. It was established as a means to link shipper and 3PL's to the carriers that accept claims via the Internet.

U.S. cap-trade prospects dim; France prepares fresh carbon tax
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The election Jan. 19 of Scott Brown, R-Mass., to the U.S. Senate likely means there will be no Senate action on "cap and trade" legislation in 2010 -- and perhaps in the end drive a change of approach. Meanwhile, the French government is taking aim at a new, reconfigured direct tax on carbon emissions. While the U.S, House had passed a massive cap and trade bill in June (Waxman-Markey bill), the Senate has been slow to move. More

What are your outsourcing new year's resolutions?
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The beginning of the year is traditionally a time when supply chain managers assess (or reassess) their outsourcing contracts, according to outsourcing advisory services firm Pace Harmon. To that end, the firm has produced a report, "Kick Off the New Year with a Thorough Review of Contractual Obligations and Commitments." The report, according to Pace Harmon, covers 18 key areas that outsourcing companies should keep in mind. More

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Packaging events deliver economic promise for 2010
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"We need to do something to get this economy back on track," said an unidentified female consumer when asked on a recent Milwaukee television news story about the economic situation one year into the Obama administration. In the packaging space, 2010 offers plenty of opportunities to do more than just "something." A host of events this year will showcase packaging machinery and materials. Investing in these trade shows as an exhibitor or attendee will allow professionals to support the packaging function, learn about the latest technologies, and buy products geared at improving your packaging operations. More
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Find New Warehouse Value with WMS Analytics
In 2010 WMS solutions will continue to offer solid ROI for your warehouse, but analytics will increasingly be the key to driving new value from this investment. RedPrairie’s Performance Management solution can help you analyze where you can find new value in your warehouse. 
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DistriSort Inc offers a wide experience and excellent competence in complete sorting solutions for SINGLE items in products such as: Books, Garments, Music + Multimedia, Shoes, Small Parcels, Flyers, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics. Our control systems are developed in house (DistriSoft®) and control all aspects of the sorting system, including the sorter, scanners, induction belts, supply and dispatch conveyors and special machines. More
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